Big choruses and jumping rhythms aren’t always what you expect when you hear someone described as an LA singer-songwriter. But that’s what you’ll get on Curtis Peoples’ self-titled album due to be released on August 19th. It’s got thoughtful lyrics and power guitars. Music Connection calls it “pure pop with a classic-rock vibe.” You might call it “coffeeshop arena rock”, and Curtis may well be its only practitioner.
Listen to its ten songs and you’ll be reminded of the inspiring sounds of U2 and Bon Jovi as well as the acoustic pop of John Mayer and Jason Mraz. But Peoples, as viewers learned on MTV’s on-air songwriting competition SCORE, has his own unique musical fingerprint. “All my favorite artists can go from acoustic to rock and back again from song to song and album to album,” he says. “I want to be like that – it leaves a lot of room for excitement and surprise.”
Peoples, a curly-haired San Diego native with a ready smile and a down-to-earth attitude, moved to LA just three years ago, and within months was on a national tour with Tyler Hilton, the singer-songwriter also known for his acting roles on ‘One Tree Hill’ and in ‘Walk the Line’. Dates with Josh Kelley, Hanson, Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers, Tim Reynolds, Joe Firstman and others soon followed.
Some of Young Hollywood’s most musical talents, including Jesse McCartney and Ryan Cabrera, have been spotted at Curtis’s Los Angeles shows, and Music Connection praised his “strong and deeply resonant voice” and named him one of their “100 Unsigned Artists To Watch in 2008.”
It didn’t take long for the buzz to reach producer Marshall Altman (Matt Nathanson, Kate Voegele, Marc Broussard). The resulting album of well-crafted songs ranges from the hard-rocking swagger of “Heart Will Fall” (co-written by OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder) and Tom Petty-esque “Back Where I Started ” to the acoustic, contemplative “Wake Up” and the funky power pop of “Tell Me I’m Wrong,” co-written with Tyler Hilton.
Curtis Peoples will be bringing his crowd-pleasing live show to audiences across the country this summer and fall. See dates below.
Aug 10 – The 3 Hour Tour – Newport Beach, CA***
Aug 15 – Singing National Anthem at Dodgers Game – Los Angeles, CA
Aug 17 – 94.9fm (Radio Interview & Performance) – San Diego, CA
Aug 19 – The Roxy (Album Release Party) – Los Angeles, CA
Aug 21 – Great Scott – Boston, MA*
Aug 22 – Bitter End (NYC Album Release Party) – New York, NY*
Aug 23 – Acoustic Café – Rockaway, NJ*
Aug 24 – Jammin Java – Vienna, VA*
Aug 25 – The Cave – Chapel Hill, NC*
Aug 26 – The Evening Muse – Charlotte, NC*
Aug 27 – Eddie’s Attic – Atlanta, GA*
Aug 28 – 3rd and Lindsley – Nashville, TN*
Aug 29 – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL*
Aug 30 – Richmond, IN*
Sep 1 – Birdy’s – Indianapolis, IN*
Sep 2 – The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI*
Sep 4 – Borders (In-Store Performance) – Orange, CA
Sep 5 – NBC/KPRI Summer Concert Series – San Diego, CA
Sep 6 – LeStats – San Diego, CA**
Sep 12 – Q Cafe – Seattle, WA**
*with Keaton Simons & Todd Carey
**with Tony Lucca
***with Tyler Hilton